Feb 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Heat defeated the Sixers 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Forward LeBron James To Stop Pre-Game Dunk Routine?

Say it ain’t so, LeBron.

According to a report by Mike Wallace of ESPN.com, LeBron James is strongly considering putting a halt to his pre-game dunks, as he continues to get criticized for it.

“Maybe I should stop because it’s making a lot of people mad about what I do,” James said after he scored a season-high 40 points and had a career-high 16 assists in Tuesday’s double-overtime win against Sacramento. “They’re like, ‘Well, if you can do it in warm-ups, why don’t you [want to] be in the dunk contest?’ Stop it.’ “

The Miami Heat and owner Micky Arison have even gone as far as using social media to promote LeBron’s athletic displays before games.

All of this comes on the heels of a viral video of James throwing down a spectacular slam dunk before tip-off this past Sunday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James then outdid himself on Tuesday night before the Heat faced the Sacramento Kings, catching the ball off the bounce and going between-his-legs.

The reason so many fans and media members have a problem with these dunks, is because James has yet to participate in an NBA Slam Dunk Contest in his career.

Let’s face it, either of those jams were better than 95% of what we saw during this year’s competition.

It would be a shame if LeBron did decide to stop, as his dunks are quite entertaining. To be fair, all of this criticism would probably subside if he did one day enter the Dunk Contest.

Quitting his routine wouldn’t put to rest the qualms everyone has with his decision not to dunk on All-Star weekend.

I don’t believe he puts any thoughts into the dunks he performs before games. It just comes naturally to him. Just imagine what he could do if he planned them all out and had the entire basketball world watching them on the biggest stage possible.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

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